Visiting Writers Series: Nonfiction Reading with Marione Ingram (Updated 2/19)
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Wednesday, February 19, McDowell Formal
Born in 1935 in Hamburg Germany, Marione Ingram was eight years old when she and her mother were refused entrance to a German bomb shelter because they were Jewish. Her riveting memoir, The Hands of War tells the story of what follows, including their ultimate survival of the 1943 firebombing of Hamburg, which created one of the largest firestorms in history, killing 42,600 civilians and wounding 37,000. After the war, Ingram immigrated to the United States, where she became active in the civil rights movement, working on voter registration in the South and opening a Freedom School in Mississippi. About The Hands of War, Charles Weinblatt writes: "Ms. Ingram looks back into her past, generating a stirring memoir filled with destruction and death, then revealing hope revived by dreams for parity of all of America's inhabitants." Now a fiber artist who has exhibited in Europe and the United States, Ingram lives and works in Washington, DC. The Hands of War is her first book.